Western Illinois to host six, visit Big Ten pair

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    Macomb, IL (Sports Network) - Western Illinois football will play two FBS opponents and six home games as part of its second straight 12-game schedule this year.

    The Fighting Leathernecks, coming off a 4-8 record in coach Bob Nielson's first season, will host Macomb (Aug. 28) and Drake (Sept. 13) in non-conference games, and three-time reigning FCS national champion North Dakota State (Oct. 4, Homecoming), Illinois State (Oct. 18), Northern Iowa (Oct. 25) and Indiana State (Nov. 22) within the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

    Their first road games are at Big Ten members Wisconsin (Sept. 6) and Northwestern (Sept. 20).

    With conference play, Western Illinois will visit Southern Illinois (Sept. 27), Youngstown State (Oct. 11), South Dakota (Nov. 8) and South Dakota State (Nov. 15).

    2014 Western Illinois Football Schedule

    All Times ET

    Aug. 28, Macomb, 7 p.m.

    Sept. 6, at Wisconsin, TBA

    Sept. 13, Drake, 4 p.m.

    Sept. 20, at Northwestern, TBA

    Sept. 27, at Southern Illinois*, TBA

    Oct. 4, North Dakota State* (Homecoming), 4 p.m.

    Oct. 11, at Youngstown State*, TBA

    Oct. 18 Illinois State*, 4 p.m.

    Oct. 25 Northern Iowa*, 2 p.m.

    Nov. 8, at South Dakota*, TBA

    Nov. 15, at South Dakota State*, TBA

    Nov. 22, Indiana State*, 2 p.m.

    *-Missouri Valley Football Conference game

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